News this week
1. KTM’s 2005 MX team will be Nate Ramsey, Josh Hansen, Ryan Mills, Jay Marmont & Mike Alessi, all on KTM 250 four-strokes.
2. Evo-Sports is inviting all mx enthusiasts to their 4th Annual Texas Vintage Pro-Am. It’s October 2nd & 3rd at historic Rio Bravo MX Park in Houston, Texas. The two day event will feature a Marty Smith Motocross School, 9 – Vintage classes, 4 – Modern and 3 – Mini classes. In addition to the amateur classes, there will be 2 Pro classes, Vintage and Evolution. Both classes will offer a Pro Purse of $4,000 each. Riders and guests are invited to the ‘Meet the Legends’ party. Includes a Legend Jersey auction that benefits the Clayton Foundation. Legends planning to participate are Kent Howerton, Marty Smith, Warren Reid, Gary Jones, Brad Lackey, Donnie Cantalopi, Steve Wise, Tom Benolkin, Tommy Croft, Jim Pomeroy, Billy Grossi, Ron Pomeroy, Jack Hicks, Dean Lane and Jimmy Weinert. More info at http://www.evovintage.com
3. Former double 250cc World Champion Greg Albertyn will re-join Team Suzuki to mark his last professional race at the Grand Prix of South Africa in Sun City on September 26th.
Having submitted a request to his former employers for technical backing for a guest ride at his home, South African Grand Prix, Albee, will once again form part of the Belgian-based factory Suzuki team. He will ride the factory RMZ 450.
“Greg asked us if he can enter the South African GP to make his last official race, and for us it is great to be able to offer him this opportunity. We simply cannot refuse because we owe him that much. He was a nice person to be around and a pleasure to have as part of the team. I have only seen him a few times in the US since 1994 and I have never been to South Africa, so it will be nice to meet up with him and his family in Sun City.” said director Sylvain Geboers.
4. Team Suzuki rider & five time World Motocross Champion Joel Smets successfully underwent surgery on the ligament in his right knee. The broken anterior cruciate ligament was replaced using a donated part. Smets has little pain and now faces a three week rest period before beginning his rehabilitation in earnest.
“The operation went well and it was good to get home. When they opened the knee they also repaired some small damage to the exterior meniscus and I was told everything lasted about an hour and a half. I took some painkillers in the hospital but it is not that sore now. The knee looks a bit of a mess at the moment and is stiff and swollen after the operation, but I now have three weeks just to keep icing the joint, doing some little exercises and letting things cool down before I can start carefully doing some swimming and cycling. If everything goes OK I hope I might be able to visit the Grand Prix in Ireland” said Smets.
5. U. S. District Judge M. F. Kennelly has ruled a trial is necessary to determine if Clear Channel Entertainment violated Section 2 of the Sherman Anti Trust Act to prevent a takeover of the promotional rights to the AMA Supercross Series. The AMA, owner of the series rights, initially named JAM Sports as the promoter thru 2009. JAM Sports has claimed that CCE used it’s market dominance to influence the outcome, and, eventual awarding of the rights to CCE. AMA Pro-Racing has also been named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Both Clear Channel Entertainment Motorsports and JAM Sports are based in Illinois. The trial is scheduled to begin November 15 in Chicago.
6. There is a new motocross track just south of the American border, in Rosarito Beach, Baja California. It’s also the official track of the 2004 La Playa Motocross Series. The new track is located on the former San Fernando Polo Club, right in the center of Blvd. Benito JuÃ¡rez. Practice hours are: Tuesday to Friday 3PM to 7PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 5PM. Closed on Mondays. Gate fee $10 per bike per day. Monthly Membership at $40 with multiple entries. All the details at http://www.laplayamotocross.com